In celebration of my 40th disjointed post, here’s a disjointed list of 40 things I’ve learned since starting this blog (the author recommends enjoying while drinking a 40):
40- I’m going to die sooner or later so I need to hurry up and do all the awesome stuff I’ve ever wanted to do.
39- Being physically fit will make you happier, and the inverse is just as true. Luckily, exercise is an antidepressant that will fix part of the problem instead of just treating the symptoms.
38- Quinoa is as delicious as it is difficult to pronounce: Very.
37- Humankind is inherently good. At least based on how everyone rushes to make way for ambulances.
36- Humankind is inherently evil. I forgot it’s against the law to obstruct emergency vehicles, so people have to move whether they want to or not.
35- Humankind is hard to figure out. Fuck it.
34- Making memories is widely underrated. Did making two costumes and driving 8 hours to a music fest for Halloween weekend substantially complicate my life and require a great deal of time, energy, and money to execute? Yes. Was it fun as fuck? Definitely. Studies have shown that the happiest people are those who purchase experiences instead of things, so go do stuff.
33- Those Sally Hansen stick-on nail polish strips are awesome. They should invent a way to create custom designs. Maybe sell blank sheets of polish that people can decorate and peel off..? I don’t know, I’m just spitballing here but someone should get on this.
32- I’ll miss being forced to read books I wouldn’t normally encounter. Por ejemplo, Joseph Conrad is a pain in the ass to read but brilliant when it comes to using language and exploring existential crises and moral dilemmas.
31- Cities are beautiful, dazzlingly complex embodiments of the best and worst of man’s accomplishments. And living in them is fun.
30- Find people you can be yourself around. It makes everything easier.
29- Weird kids turn into awesome adults. They also have hilarious weird kid anecdotes.
28- You can gain a lot from spending time with people different than you. Like, for realz.
27- Skydiving is awesome. Do it.
26-Institutions of higher education just want your money, but you can still have a valuable learning experience if you take advantage of the opportunity.
25- Almost everyone is lonely. Some are better at hiding it than others, and some don’t think about it because they’ve filled their time with enough people and things to distract, but everyone wants to feel connected.
24- My joints are feeble as shit, and dealing with athletic injuries is really annoying so use good form, y’all.
23- Throwing ice cream is fun. Fact.
22- Everyone deludes themselves from reality in some capacity. Whether it’s justifying past decisions, rationalizing present circumstances, only seeing what you want to see in others, self-medicating, or self-theologizing, most people prefer their own version of things to the truth.
21- Consistently generating content is hard.
20- I need to find a reasonable income if I’m ever going to afford that great white shark cage diving trip.
19- It is important to know when to hold and/or fold ’em. A few little risks here and there in the name of fun is one thing, but actual danger is not worth the consequences. Shark dives don’t count, they’re mostly safe, although honestly if I’m going to die I wouldn’t mind getting eaten by a shark.
18-Lachrymose is a good word. It means tear-inducing/weepy, FYI.
17-If everyone is cool, no one is cool. Being hip is a mass produced cultural trend, so basically everyone is average. Which is redundant.
16- There are artificial estrogen-mimicking chemicals in air fresheners. [source] Probably to keep women in constant nesting mode buying products like more air fresheners…
15-Routines are incredibly efficient. Not having a routine is the opposite of that.
14- Nobody’s business is anybody’s business.
13- Our generation didn’t create the fucked up world we’re inheriting, but it’s still our responsibility to make it better.
12- If hell exists, it’s probably run by towing companies.
11- Dancing is undervalued.
10- A lot of people seem okay floating from one societal threshold to the next without worrying about why they’re doing what they’re doing. You can get a lot out of self-reflection and evaluating your motivations.
9- Balance is the key to just about everything. Yin and Yang had that shit down.
8- Thinking up 40 things I’ve learned recently is harder than I expected. And most of this shit sounds like clichés. But clichés are clichés for a reason so…
7- Water your friendship plants regularly. Some are delicate violets and others are durable cacti, but it’s important to take care of them.
6- Putting creative work on display is an embarrassing but necessary evil. I hate rereading old posts but fear of embarrassment is a too common roadblock to creation. Everybody sucks at first, you just have to keep going.
5- The War of Art is an incredibly useful book. Everyone, especially creative types, should read it.
4- Laughing is the best. More, please.
3- We naturally gravitate toward the things and people we need in order to grow. Just like plants!
2-Better to look like an idiot trying something new than to never try anything.
1- Settling is for suckers. Don’t do it!